Live at Fenton on Friday, 21st July 2006
I know I shouldn't complain but what is happening? We've buggered it on the global warming front. Upstairs in The Fenton was the last place I wanted to be on this overly heated Friday evening, if it wasn't for the superb line up of melodic punk bands.
Driveway Speeding had the unfortunate task of playing first, in a room with no ventilation. Feeling like passing out I could only manage bursts of 5 - 10 minutes watching the Brighton lads, but they have a tight sound, like Leatherface.
Above Them hail from Pontefract and are gaining a large following in West Yorkshire. The trio play heavy melodic punk in the same vain as Biffy Clyro, with time changes to keep you interested (not that you wouldn't be anyway), but like the Scots crusaders they can't really be pigeonholed.
Pray For Hayden are a local post-hardcore new wave band (think of At the Dive-in), who still have to deal with a sweltering room even though the sun has gone down. They have a lot of energy and conviction and quite a fan base, though the heat has seen most of them off.
Milloy headlining The Fenton again? Always a good idea. Again not a huge turn out this time for the Wakefield melodic punks due to the heat. Taking a couple of quick breaks to store some of the sweat the lads play tracks from debut album 'More Than a Machine' and EP 'Belt Up'; two fine pieces of work. With tight drumming, funky bass and melodic rhythm and lead guitars accompanying harsh vocals, this Jawbreaker style music has gained a huge following in Leeds and, home of many a new wave punk tribe, Florida. Lyrics encompassing everyday expressive sayings and observations fit well into the straight-to-the-point songs, with a fast pace, friendly piss-take banter between the lads and such raw energy it makes you feel drained, but in a good way. Now to cool off!
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